All Northwest Georgia Regional Library System Libraries gladly accept volunteers. Volunteers must be over the age of 18. Volunteer duties vary widely depending on the library being volunteered at, the time of year volunteering, and the volunteer’s preferences.
Example volunteer duties:
- Assisting with Summer Reading Registration
- Helping with crafts and events during Summer Reading
- Shelving books
- Organizing the books on the shelf
- Preparing for story times, events, and movies
- Helping at movie events
- Creating displays for various areas
A volunteer is anyone, 18 years or older, who assists on a regular basis with the activities at the Northwest Georgia Regional Library without financial compensation. A volunteer group is a recognized organization that intends to volunteer at the library as a group without financial compensation and whose members are 18 years or older. Because of the logistics of utilizing large groups, arrangements must be made in advance with the Human Resources Department.
Volunteers working with the Friends and members of the Friends of the Library working on Friend’s projects are volunteering for the Friends and not for the library. However, the library reserves the right to decline the services of any member or volunteer working with the Friends.
The library uses volunteers to supplement the efforts of staff in providing quality service, to encourage people to become familiar with the library and its services, and to support library fundraising activities. Volunteers supplement and do not replace the work of staff.
Nothing in this policy creates a contract between the volunteer and the library or the Library Board. Either the volunteer or the library can terminate their association at any time, for any reason, without any cause being stated.
The library cannot provide any medical, health, accident, or worker’s compensation benefits for any volunteer.
Prior to volunteering, applicants must meet with the Library Director or his/her designee and complete an application for volunteer work. The library may check background and references and has the absolute right to decline anyone as a volunteer without cause or statement of reason.
Illustrative examples of volunteer work include shelving books, storytelling, helping to prepare for programs, maintenance of periodicals, and public relations activities. The hours of volunteer service are determined by the supervisory staff member in discussion with the volunteer. Volunteers must arrive when scheduled or call the library if they will be absent. Except with prior approval, volunteer work must be completed within normal library hours. Volunteers must follow all library policies and procedures. Volunteers may not work in any capacity that includes access to patron records or cash handling.
Recruitment of volunteers is the responsibility of Library Director. Volunteers work directly with library staff to receive training and complete projects. All volunteers will be assigned one primary staff member to guide them in their work; however, staff members may offer guidance to any of the volunteers.
If you’re ready to help support the library with your time, please drop by the library to pick up an application.